CHOOSE HEALTHY AND DIVERSE
A healthy diet helps create a healthy life. When we choose to eat diverse foods, we encourage a variety of foods to be produced. This is not only healthier for our bodies, but healthier for soils and our environment because a diverse diet favours biodiversity!
USE YOUR INFLUENCE FOR GOOD
Why not use your social media platform to promote healthy eating and buying habits? You can get people talking about important events like World Food Day using the official hashtag, #WorldFoodDay and create a buzz for #FoodHeroes. Not online? Word of mouth spreads fast and can be just as effective!
GIVE YOUR TIME
Anyone can be an ally to food heroes. Look for volunteer opportunities at your local food bank or community kitchen. It’s a great way to be involved in collective action and support those who struggle to access food.
BUY LOCAL AND SEASONAL WHEREVER POSSIBLE
Whenever you can, support food heroes by buying locally grown fresh food. By doing this you are helping smallholder farmers that produced the food, your local economy, and you are encouraging crop diversity. Did you know that you reduce your carbon footprint when you buy produce that’s in season? When food is out of season in one part of the world it has to be imported and travel a long way before it arrives at your local market. Eating seasonal food can also be riper, tastier and more nutritious!
GET GREEN FINGERED!
If you have a green space at home, access to a garden, or a balcony with space for plant pots, you can learn how to grow your own fruits, vegetables and herbs. You’ll learn a lot about how food is produced and gain more appreciation for all the work that goes into cultivating produce.
RESPECT FOOD AND FOOD HEROES
Food loss and waste can occur throughout the food system, once it arrives at your table – you can play your part! Learning how to store uneaten food properly for another day’s meal is one way to avoid wasting perfectly good food.
SUPPORT FOOD-RELATED BUSINESSES AND RETAILERS
Everyone can be an activist and put pressure on governments, private sector businesses and decision-makers to transform our food systems by making healthy food options more enticing, available and accessible; providing decent employment and protection; and sharing innovative technologies.
Keep an eye out because we'll be spotlighting more of our local growers at Goodery over the coming weeks, so you can learn more about who grew your food. And let us know in the comments any other tips or ideas on how we can all be food heroes.
For more information and resources, head to http://www.fao.org/world-food-day/home/en/